Q How can I make sure my new bat­tery works well?

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I am look­ing at get­ting a new bat­tery and am con­sid­er­ing a ‘dry main­te­nance-free’ one – is there any­thing spe­cial to be aware of when it is de­liv­ered? John Eden, County Durham

An­swered by Shaun Lock, Bridge Mo­tor­cy­cles Those bat­ter­ies are also known as Ab­sorbed Glass Mat bat­ter­ies and it’s re­ally im­por­tant that they are com­mis­sioned prop­erly. If you don’t fol­low the pro­ce­dure ex­actly and pre­cisely, chances are your ex­pen­sive new bat­tery will only last three to four months.

They are shipped dry and then primed by high-grav­ity acid that comes in a sep­a­rate pack. You can’t just squeeze that stuff into the case, you have to leave it in place for at least 30 min­utes to al­low the can­is­ter to drain com­pletely. Once empty you now need to leave it for an­other 30 min­utes to be ab­sorbed by the spe­cial plates and sep­a­ra­tors, then charge it for a min­i­mum of two hours be­fore fit­ting it to your bike.

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